On Friday, September 19, the U.S. Botanic Garden's outdoor National Garden will close early at 5 p.m. It will reopen for regularly scheduled hours on Saturday, September 20 at 10 a.m.
With thick reddish brown bark and fanned blue-green foliage, the Atlantic white cedar is found in the Atlantic coastal plains from South Carolina to Maine; and in the Gulf of Mexico from Mississippi to Florida. This tree can often grow to 40 feet in height, producing highly durable, water-resistant lumber. Some botanists believe that the Atlantic Coast population is distinct from the Gulf of Mexico variety and should thus be considered a separate species. Well adapted to many climates, the Atlantic white cedar is a great addition to gardens and landscapes. Photo credit: USDA Robert H. Mohlenbrock